More academies on cards for West Sussex

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COUNCILLORS have voted to support the development of more academies in West Sussex.

Members of the children and young people’s services select committee voted to support West Sussex County Council’s commitment to the academies programme.

It comes after some parents raised concerns about the consultation process involved in schools gaining academy status, which means they are not directly controlled by the local authority.

The programme aims to drive up educational standards in schools.

Richard Burrett, select committee chairman, said: ‘We listened carefully to all the points raised about academies and noted the concerns that some parents have, but we are satisfied that the county council has the right processes in place. Indications from schools that have been academies for several years are that they have seen real improvements in outcomes for children.’